JP's newest coffee house aims to bring the sensibility and style of an Italian rail station cafe to Hyde Square.
is overseen by Terry Bruce, the woman behind the fondly-remembered Today's Bread, which was in the space now occupied by .
"We really needed a coffee shop here," said Bruce in an interview shortly after the cafe's soft opening in late April.
The 45-seat cafe, true to its Italian flavor, offers panini (served hot or cold) and pastries. As time goes on, they plan to add selectively to the menu.
But the star at Caffè Aromi is the coffee.
The cafe sources its beans and brews through George Howell, an entrepreneur credited with bringing a new appreciation of coffee to Boston.
General Manager Kristopher Cere, who used to be assistant manager at , gets very passionate when talking about coffee. He aims to get everything out of the way so customers can "experience the bean itself."
The cafe is staying open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the early months, though their license allows them to stay open until 11 p.m.
Caffè Aromi is in the old June Bug space. It long stood vacant. Landlord Mordechai Levin has a connection to this new coffee shop in that Bruce is also office manager of his real estate firm. Bruce has said the business is owned by a small group of investors.
If all goes well, the cafe hopes to have enough demand to add outdoor seating on the patio between it and the back of .